Dreampark Provides Frontend TV Middleware Solution to Finland's Maxisat

--Solution Billed as Letting Operators Deploy Advanced UI, without Swapping out Existing Infrastructure
--Dreampark Reveals Exhibit Plans for IBC
Swedish middleware (cable, terrestrial, IPTV) provider, Dreampark , said Wednesday that it has supplied a frontend middleware solution to Finnish pay-TV operator, Maxisat . According to the company, Maxisat is the first Finnish operator to offer TV and OTT services using a scalable vector graphics (SVG) client, allowing for high-definition user interfaces. The frontend solution delivered by Dreampark is based on the company's Dreamgallery Next Generation platform which is based on SVG and which it...

News Round-Up (IV): Icareus (HbbTV), ITV, LOVEFiLM, MGM

--Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Launches Object Carousel and Lab Solution for HbbTV
--ITV Live to Enable Two-Screen Interactive TV for "The X Factor"
--LOVEFiLM in Streaming Video Deal with MGM
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus , has announced two new HbbTV-compliant products: Icareus Playout CS100 for HbbTV, which the company bills as a professional DSM-CC object carousel for managing and delivering interactive TV applications in commercial broadcast networks; and Icareus Playout PC100 for...

Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Acquires Innosonic China

--Says Acquisition Will Allow it to Better Target China's Mobile Video and IPTV Spaces
--Round-Up of Recent News from Icareus
Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus (note: the company's offerings include a range of authoring and delivery solutions for MHP, OCAP/tru2way, MHEG and other platforms, as well as an extensive catalog of off-the-shelf interactive TV games and other applications), said Wednesday that it has acquired Shanghai-based Innosonic Information Technology, a subsidiary of Finnish mobile company, Innosonic . According to Icareus, the deal means that it now owns all Innosonic China's products and rights. "The acquisition strengthens...

International Interactive Emmy Award Winners Announced

At the MIPTV conference in Cannes earlier this month, the
International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the
winners of its International Interactive Emmy Awards (note: the
awards, which were organized in partnership with Reed MIDEM, were
hosted by UK comedian, Brian Conley). The winners (together with
descriptions of their winning projects, provided by the International
Academy) were: Best Interactive Program: Finland's Invisio for "Staraoke" ("'Staraoke'
is an interactive cross-media concept, which combines a TV show for
kids with a karaoke-type PC game and a Web community. The
Staraoke PC game is a singing game where the player controls the
game character on the screen with the pitch of his/her voice. The